Zouqaq's Chrystèle Khodr, Lamia Abi Azar, and Tamara Saade, front, and Ramzi Hibri, Junaid Sarieddine, and Hashem Adnan rehearse for 'The Battle Scene.'
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Banatvala
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Protesters waving zany signs, turbulent clashes, heated media coverage – the recent spate of demonstrations have made the city a little more performative than usual. The anti-corruption demos provide a lively context for "The Battle Scene," Zoukak Theater Company's upcoming play, the latest work to emerge from its exploration of spectatorship. They also provided one setting for a two-part interview with performer Maya Zbib, a founding member of Zoukak who helped devise this production."[The re-enactments] are mostly derived from what we are witnessing around us today, especially in the region," Zbib says. The piece stems from the conflicts that have erupted from people fleeing their countries in search of safety and opportunity. Zbib is enthusiastic about the popular demonstrations in Beirut.The play does not talk specifically about the Lebanese condition.Despite the unchartered territory the troupe encountered, past experiences proved to be more difficult.Accompanied by the roars of protesters at Saturday's demo, Zbib explains that narrative was secondary to Zoukak's practice.
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